Where Did Autumn Go?

|It’s grey and gloomy here in Bendigo, VIC. Every now and then the sun peeks through the black clouds, bringing a glimpse of joy along with it. I reminisce of the time when the leaves were just falling and the sun was still warm on my face. I miss the days where my freckles were still showing, but I could still order a chai latte to warm me up.|

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I’ve decide to bring back the blogs. It’s time I picked up my hobby once again. I’m getting tired of Netflix. (Never thought I’d say that!)

So to start of the new season, I thought a flashback Friday would be fun. This outfit was worn in the end of April, almost the last month of Fall. (Seasons are the opposite Down Under). Big thanks to by darling friend Abi for being the best roomy/photographer! (check out her website at Alt.Grafico)

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Sweater: Thrifted

Shorts: Thrifted

Shoes: Cotton On

Tote: Target

Watch: Calvin Klein

Glasses: http://www.ZenniOptical.com

 

Thank you for reading!

 

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The Color of Dawn

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of connecting with Rowan Hamilton who is  photographer based in Wollongong, VIC. We met up early one morning to take a few photos. I think he did a marvellous job of capturing my true personality, as I was all smiles that day. I absolutely love how these photos turned out, and I’m delighted to share them with you!

Here are the links to his Website and Instagram, as well as his contact information.

http://rowanhenry.com

https://www.instagram.com/rowanhenry/

rhhdesign@gmail.com
+61401422021

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Front Porch Brunch // Basics

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday, I was invited to a ladies brunch in celebration of a drear friend’s birthday.

It took me a minute to decide what to wear to a ladies brunch, since I don’t frequently attend these things. I was searching for a comfortable outfit that was dressy enough for a party. (You know me, always laid back and comfy)

I decided upon this white blouse from BCBG, and dark wash skinny jeans, a nicer take on the classic jeans and T-shirt combo. I added a bar of wedges booties for style and height, and joined the party!

Enjoy!

Dutchy Gazelle

(Happy Birthday, April)

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Skinny Jeans: BullHead Denim by PacSun

Blouse: BCBG Generation

Sunnies: Thrifted

Wedges: Forever 21

South Padre Island // Travel Update

Hello Everyone!
After a six month stint in Austin, TX, I’m excited to start traveling again.

Our first stop was South Padre Island, a beach/resort town for the snow birds, or what the locals call, Winter Texans. It’s also a destination spot for spring breakers from universities all around the country. It’s a beautiful island with a small town feel, surfing, music, and great people. South Padre is also the home of the Island Folk Festival that takes place every September. I had a great time with our host, Aarin, who is the founder of the Island Folk Fest, as well as the self appointed ambassador of the island. She is a talented woman, full of energy and a great laugh.

One of Aarins gifts is photography. She has a great eye and her ability to work with the lighting dynamics of a sunset was outstanding. We spend an evening down by the war and had a ton of fun balancing on the docks. Here are some pictures from the shoot.

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My Best Friend

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Traveling is such a joy. Traveling is such an adventure. This adventure is especially enjoyed, when spent with my best friend.

Siblings are put in our lives for a reason. I’m so incredible thankful for my kid brother. The excitement of venturing to a new place is only intensified when he is here with me, someone to share memories with, stories with.

Of course like all siblings, we have our bickering moments, but there is so much more laughter and so much more joy! I’m excited to continue our journey together this year.

I love you little brother.

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New Years Eve // Reflections

Hello Everyone!

Happy New Year! 2015 has come so fast.

I’d like to share a few highlights of the past years’ travel, food, fashion, etc. Many wonderful things have happened this year and I’m so thankful to have been able to share it with so many beautiful people.

Australia (Jan-April): I had the privilege of traveling to Australia with my family, to visit relatives as well as tour musically. A lot of new friends were made, many wonderful foods were eaten, and of course, I treasure all the time at the many lovely beaches there. This was also the time when I started my fashion blog!

Spring Tour (April-June): Our two lovely friends, Greg and Jeffrey joined us for two months of travel from Phoenix, Az all the way to Green Bay, WI. With a few stops in between including; Albuquerque, NM; Austin, TX; Hot Springs, AK.

Midwest Summer (June-Aug): In June I was asked to be apart of the Steel Bridge Song Fest Construction Zone workshop in Sturgeon Bay, WI. It was such an experience and I would love to do it all over again. I miss all the people I was able to connect with there.

I’ve been going to summer camp since I was ten years old. Camp Tekakwithia in Shawano, WI has been a place of so many childhood memories, and I was so excited to be able to work there this summer as well as visit childhood friends in Green Bay which was only 30 min away. It was a joy to be able to cary out the tradition of attending camp each year, while transitioning to a new role as staff.  I was able to work with my best friend, and my family was at my side, living there and working the whole time as well.

End of Summer Tour (Aug-Sep): Two more travelers joined us in Chicago, IL on our way back down to Austin, TX. Rhys is a young man from Glenrowen, Vic., Australia. We met him and his family a few months before in Australia and made a plan for him to travel across the ocean to our bus. It was so fun to be able to show him around and take him to experience all the “American” things. Sylvia, a dear friend of mine from my hometown in Green Bay, WI joined us for two weeks. It was a joy to share space with a friend who was a girl my age. Ha! We passed through many cities including Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA and ended the tour back in Austin, Tx.

Austin Fall (Sep-December): We spent the fall parked in Austin, Tx. During this time we met truly beautiful people at folk conferences, music venues, grocery stores, bars, etc. It was crazy how fast friends can be made. We were parked on a property right near the water and would often have parties during the warmer days. We would invite all of our new friends to swim, share a meal, and jam afterwards. I’ve come to love each and everyone of our new family.

The Big Birthday Surprise (Nov): I recently turned 18 and was surprised with a Nord Keyboard, a gift from many friends who I’ve known my whole life. I’d grown up playing piano and had to give it up for a few years on the road due to limited space. I’ve been working on my own music and longed to feel my fingers on keys again. Thank you to everyone who supported and gifted me with this instrument. My second surprise was a weekend trip to NYC (It’s been my dream to visit since forever) with my Mom. We left early the next morning with excitement and anticipation. Even more, when we got to the hotel downtown, my Nana was there waiting! The whole trip was so lovely and I felt instantly at home.

Christmas (Dec-Jan): We traveled a bit for the holidays, with quick stop to Lafayette, LA to witness the marriage of two very close friends of ours, then driving to see more friends in Albuquerque, NM and spending Christmas with family in Phoenix, Az.

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As a whole, this year was filled with blessings beyond what I could have imagined. I am incredibly thankful to have family and friends who love and support me this much. I’m excited to continue my life in the new year, traveling and creating, being filled with new dreams and desires. Making new memories. Connecting with new and great people. Loving and trusting to the fullest of my being. I encourage you to do the same.

Happy New Year Everyone. Much love. God Bless.

xoxo

-Dutchy Gazelle

Black Friday // Fashion Collab

Hello Everyone!

 

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and were able to share it with beautiful people. Of course after Thanksgiving comes Black Friday. I was never one to get excited about Black Friday (I like my sleep), it always seemed a little overwhelming to me. I always like to find something else to do. So, this year I had the pleasure of spending the day with friends for a photo shoot. The weather was sunny and 75 here in Austin, Tx. A perfect way to end November.

I modeled with a dear friend, Amy DuVall, a makeup artist from L.A., very involved in the Cosplay world. I never even new such a world existed, and it’s been cool to learn from her.

Her sister, Jennie, was our photographer for the day. She is the same lovely lady that took my photos last time I was in Austin. Link here.

The idea for the shoot was more of a urban city vibe, where, I style her outfit and she did my make up, that way we each have some work in our own portfolios.

Please comment and like down below if you want to see more collaborations!

xoxo

-Dutchy Gazelle

 

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On Amy:

 

Top: Thrifted for $4.00

Leather Jacket: Buffalo Exchange for $20.00

Black Capri Pants:

Shoes: Forever 21 for $29.95

Hat: H&M for $14.95

Scarf: Gift from Anthropology

 

On me:

 

Button Down Blouse: Thrifted for $2.50

Sweater: H&M for $12.95

Boyfriend Jeans: Thrifted for $8.00 (brand: Calvin Klein)

Shoes: Forever 21 for $24.95

Watch: Target

Sunglasses: Thrifted for $3.00

 

NYC // Central Park Shoot

Hello Everyone,

Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen all the recent pictures from my trip to New York City. I been posting pictures there like crazy. It’s always been a dream of mine to go there.

I turned eighteen last Thursday, and my parents surprised me with a weekend trip to NYC. I had a few hours to pack (thanks guys…) and we were off! We arrived at The Lexington Hotel and I was surprised a second time by my grandma, who was waiting in the room. It was so fantastic being able to spend the weekend with my mom and my nana. Three generations of pure love. I had an absolutely amazing time as it was everything I had imagined and so much more. It was sunny, but much colder than our departure city of Austin, TX. I was excited for the change in temperature however, as it allowed me to really get into my fall wardrobe. My wool coat and a scarf were staples for most of the time.

I spent time in SOHO visiting all of my favorite stores, including Zara, Top Shop, Armani, H&M, and more. Although I found fun items at all of the stores, my budget was light. I spent most of my time and money at H&M along with a regional store called Century 21, a designer discount store with items 20-60% off the original designer price. I found a really cool sweatshirt for $9 at H&M with, ehem, cats on it. Perfect right? Every girl needs a great cat shirt. I scored jeans by Flying Monkey at the Century 21 Store.

The outfit that I’ve decided to share with you was shot on a rainy autumn day in Central Park.

Comment down below, your thoughts and ideas! I’d love to hear from you.

xoxo

Dutchy Gazelle

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Leather Jacket: Originally by Very J; Thrifted at Buffalo Exchange for $20.00.

Sweatshirt: Originally by H&M; On sale for $9.00.

Skirt: Originally from Target; Thrifted for $5.00

Skinnies: Originally by the Flying Monkey $59.00; On sale for $24.95.

Booties: Originally by H&M; Full price at $20.00.

Watch: Originally from Target;On sale for $24.95.

Scarf: That was my grandmas, I have no idea where it’s from.

Rings: Found all over, mostly H&M, Buffalo Exchange, and Forever 21.

 

P.S. I’m working on a separate travel blog right now to share more all of the great food, shopping, and sites in NYC. So stay tuned!